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India failing to deter or even condemn racist attacks, say African envoys
A group of ambassadors from African countries to India has said that India has failed to take "sufficient and visible deterring measures" to protect Africans from attacks. The group of envoys demanded an international enquiry in the recent racial attack on African nationals in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

In a major diplomatic embarrassment for New Delhi, the envoys termed the recent attacks as "xenophobic and racial" and also said that last week's cases were "not sufficiently condemned" by Indian officials.

"The Heads of African Mission… reviewed the previous instances taken place and concluded that no known, sufficient and visible deterring measures were taken by the government of India," the statement said.

"As regards the unfortunate incident in Greater Noida, the African Heads of Mission…take note that these reprehensible events, both outstanding and unresolved cases against Africans, weren't sufficiently condemned by Indian authorities."

A number of African nationals were last week brutally assaulted in Greater Noida area of Uttar Pradesh. The racial hate attacks had come after a schoolboy had died due to drug overdose and residents of the area had alleged that Africans living there had sold him the drugs.

The police had arrested five Nigerian students in connection with the case but later released them after they found no evidence against them.

A crowd that had assembled for a candlelit vigil to demand justice for the teenager turned violent after spotting a group of African people in a car. The crowd attacked their car with sticks and even assaulted them.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had taken note of the racial attacks and had said that she has spoken to UP CM Yogi Adityanath and sought a report on the assault. But the Foreign Ministry had refused to call the attacks 'racial' till the investigation would not say so.

After the incident, in another diplomatic embarrassment, Nigeria had summoned India's ambassador for questioning as Delhi labeled the incident "deplorable".

Police have so far been successful in arresting only 6 people though they had claimed to have identified about 60 people from the footage of the attack.

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